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Azul Tequila Bar and Grill coming to Hanley and Carmichael

Azul Tequila Bar and Grill will occupy about one-third of the strip mall on Hanley Road at Carmichael Road that has stood empty since it was built five years ago. Photo by Randy Hanson1 / 2
Eau Claire real estate agent Don Myers addresses the City Council Monday night, March 5, about Azul Tequila Bar and Grill's plans to locate in Hudson. To his right is Felix Aca, a part-owner of the restaurant.2 / 2

Two months after having their application for a liquor license turned down, the owners of a planned Mexican restaurant have gotten what they wanted from the Hudson City Council.

Monday night, the council voted to grant a Class B reserve license to Azul Tequila Bar and Grill, which will be moving into a vacant strip mall next to the Aldi store on Hanley Road.

"Gentlemen, welcome back," Mayor Alan Burchill said to the representatives of the restaurant when they presented their license application to the Finance Committee for a second time, in a meeting that immediately preceded the council meeting.

Just one Class B reserve license was available in December when the council chose to award it to a restaurateur planning to move into the old Hudson post office on Locust Street.

Three more licenses became available after a licensed establishment went out of business and the council amended the city's liquor license quota to allow one license for every 500 residents. The previous quota was one license per 600 residents, plus one for the remaining fraction of residents.

It was an easy sell for Felix Aca and Jose O. Guzman Garcia to gain approval of their application this time around. Real estate agent Don Myers of Eau Claire did most of the talking for them.

Myers said the Hudson restaurant will be the sixth that the Guzman Garcia family has opened in Wisconsin.

The family also has restaurants in Marshfield, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids under the El Mezcal name. The first Azul Tequila restaurant they opened is in Eau Claire.

"They have done a wonderful job with that. It is busy all the time," Myers said.

He said the Hudson restaurant will occupy 5,400 square feet of the strip mall at Hanley and Carmichael, or a little more than one-third of the building. It will employ 20 to 30 people, he said.

Myers said the developer of the strip mall told him that an insurance office also would be moving into the building if the liquor license was granted for the restaurant.

He said the Guzman Garcia family would be investing $300,000 for the build-out of the colonial-era style restaurant, on top of work done by the building owner.

The applicants asked for, and received, a 30-day extension to the 90-day grace period they have for opening the business.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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